17. nov. 2016

Living the Dream - How to Pick Your Perfect Iceland Tour

Have you always dreamed about visiting Iceland? Maybe you've seen the gorgeous photos and heard amazing stories and have decided to splurge on your ideal holiday. So you start looking at tours and activities because you want to be prepared and get the best experience possible. But which tour to choose? There are so many activities on offer that it can be headache inducing just thinking about it. How are you supposed to know the right way to go?
Never fear, Iceland Travel is here!

Our great team of travel experts recommends sitting down and making a list of what you want your Iceland trip to include. Don't be afraid to go big. You might not be able to ride on a whale‘s back but at least you‘ll know that you want to see whales!

So, let's say that your main goal is to get in touch with unspoiled nature and try things few people have tried before you. Basically, you want to feel like you‘re the only girl/guy in the world. Iceland can certainly offer you that opportunity. Even though Iceland has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world in the last few years, there are still certain areas of the country that remain relatively untouched. The East fjords and Westfjords are great examples of this.

Fishing boat in East fjords
Ok, you've narrowed it down to those two areas. Now you need to think about how to get there. You can hitchhike, cycle or rent a car. All great options. You also need to think about what you want to do once you reach your destination. Should you stay in the city and do day tours from there? Pitch a tent somewhere in the middle of nowhere and hope there's a toilet somewhere close by? It all sounds very exciting. But you know what? This is your dream vacation. You deserve to let someone else take care of the logistics so that you can just sit back and enjoy the ride. How about a guided tour?

"But wait a minute", you might say, "won't a guided tour mean a bus full of people and a mad dash between crowded tourist spots with a bored guide who’d rather be at home?" Not at all!

Take for example the East Iceland Highlands, Fjords and Heritage escorted tour. For 5 whole days you'll get travel the barren landscape of East Iceland, a region shaped by jagged mountains and deep fjords. Being there gives you the feeling of being literally on the edge of the world as you can go for miles and miles without seeing another person. Many of the roads can be difficult to drive in winter in a normal car, but on a bus with an experienced driver, they’re a piece of cake. And with a maximum group size of 16 you won't have to wander far before you'll find yourself alone in the snowy highlands, bar a few reindeer here and there of course. There is comfort in numbers though, and your experienced guide and fellow adventurers are there to point out things you might otherwise miss, be it the Northern Lights or the Lagarfljot monster.

View over Westfjords

Or maybe you've always been more of a “Go West” type of person. No problem, a visit to the Westfjords would be perfect for you. The Dramatic Westfjords and Local Secrets escorted tour is exactly as powerful as it sounds. The Westfjords have long been known for their almost otherworldly aura. Back in the 17th century they were the site of magic, sorcery and witch hunts. But nowadays peace and quiet reigns there with friendly locals giving you a glimpse into a simpler, less hectic lifestyle than most of us are used to. Again, the small group size, maximum 16 people, will give you the opportunity of perfect freedom, along with the convenience of having someone else take the reins for once. Imagine standing alone on a hill overlooking an icy fjord, the cool wind in your face and the sound of absolute silence in your ears. I feel more peaceful already, don't you?

So sit down, close your eyes and imagine the perfect spot for your adventure. And we'll take you there.

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About the author

 

Áslaug Torfadóttir

Áslaug recently joined the Iceland Travel team after a decade of adventures out in the big, wide world. But all roads lead to Iceland as they (totally) say, and Áslaug is happy to now have the opportunity to introduce her home country to other travellers. Her favorite spot in Iceland is Skarðsvík beach on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with Húsavík  a close second.
When not hard at work with the Iceland Travel team Áslaug writes scripts and plays and does copious amounts of research by watching hours upon hours of Netflix and visiting the local theatres and restaurants. Her favorite Icelandic saying is „Þetta reddast“ – roughly translated as „Eh…it‘ll be fine“